GOL Delegation for Lebanon Thursday to Rescue Stranded Liberian Girls

first_imgA high-power Liberian delegation leaves the country Thursday for Lebanon in an effort to fast track the return of seven Liberian girls whose search for greener pastures resulted to dehumanizing treatment they have reportedly endured in that country.The delegation, headed by Labor Minister Neto Zarzar Lighe includes Jeddi Aman, Assistant Minister for Legal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) Commissioner Lemuel Reeves and Joseph Flomo, (105 Liberia National Police.)The mandate of the delegation, according to Minister Lighe is to ensure that the Liberians return home peacefully while arrangements for the possible return of other Liberians believed to be facing similar situations in Lebanon, are rescued immediately.Minister Lighe disclosed that the Liberian government is closely working with Interpol and Beirut to search for and identify other Liberians living under adverse conditions and to evacuate them in the soonest possible time.“The intent of this trip is to get first hand information about our citizens living in Lebanon and address their condition,” Lighe told the Daily Observer.He noted that it is important to be on the ground and ask the right people the right questions other than sitting in Monrovia and holding telephone conversations with people in Beirut.Lighe said all efforts and procedures have been put into place to ensure that the girls return home to the safety of their families. He said, “We have done everything possible to make sure that these girls get their passports and return home to Liberia. The girls’ return will be made public and things are on course.” The girls are Rema Nyepan, Ayres M. Jasper, Bernice Gbar, Muffitte N. Panma, Grace K. David, Emma T. Swaber and Patience King. Reports have indicated that they were abused by their hosts, claiming thousands of dollars spent to get them to Lebanon.  According to Minister Lighe, who also chairs the National Taskforce on Anti-Human Trafficking in Liberia, the girls agreed to leave Liberia after being deceived that they would have a better life in Lebanon.  Minister Lighe explained that, “Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world and promise of good life elsewhere attracts its citizens.” The seven Liberian girls were reported to have been used as housekeepers earning little for themselves.The Minister described the seizing of the seven girls’ passports by their Lebanese hosts, and demanding over US$4,000 from each of them as payment for their air fares, as an unfortunate act.The minister said through the help of international partners and Interpol, the Liberian government has so far succeeded in rescuing the girls, and they will be coming home soon, though he could state how soon. Minister Lighe said some of the perpetrators of the girls’ trip to Lebanon have been arrested by the Liberia National Police, in collaboration with the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization and are awaiting prosecution by the Justice Ministry.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Twist In Code of Conduct

first_img– Advertisement – Justice Banks: “Our mistake for not deliberating on section 5.9 was brought to my attention by a young child” Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks last Friday publicly clarified that the Supreme Court’s opinion (Judgment) did not address section 5.9 of the controversial Code of Conduct.He said the court, however, managed to deal with sections 5.1 and 5.2 respectively.Section 5.9 provides that, “Any public official, after due process, who is found guilty of violating any provision of this section shall be immediately removed from the position or office held by him or her, and thereafter, no part of the funds appropriated by any laws for such position or office shall be used to pay compensation to such person.”It can be recalled that the Supreme Court on March 3 declared the Code of Conduct constitutional, with two of the justices against and three in favor of it.Associate Justices Banks and Jamessetta Wolokollie were the two justices that voted against the affirmative decision of Chief Justice Francis Saye Korpor and the two other Associate Justices.At a ceremony to admit five new Attorneys-at-Law into the Montserrado County Bar Association, Justice Banks said their mistake not deliberating on section 5.9 was brought to his attention by a person he described as a “young child.”“As you know, we recently dealt with the Code of Conduct, and I was one of the justices who had dissenting (contrary) opinion. But as we had concluded this matter, we taught it was now behind us,” Banks explained.Justice Bank said, the child met him and congratulated his and Justice Wolokollie’s dissenting views on the Code of Conduct.“The young child said he has read my opinion, but in the entire judgment, all five justices left-out 5.9, and we only dealt with 5.1 and 5.2, and all of these were part of the same chapter,” Justice Banks quoted the child, adding, “I went back and looked at our opinion, and I said to myself, ‘how come we did not reference 5.9’ because it was very important to our opinion.”Banks reminded his audience, among them the newly admitted attorneys, that they shouldsee the profession as a continuous learning process.“Our experience on the Code of Conduct should tell you that the law is a continuous learning process for all of us; and for those who are still debating our opinion, go and read 5.9,” Banks told the young lawyers.The controversy surrounding the Code of Conduct came about when Bong County Superintendent Selena Mappy-Polson filed a “Petition for Declaratory Judgment” claiming that sections 5.1, 5.2 and 5.9 are unconstitutional.Meanwhile, section 5.1 states that “All officials appointed by the President of Liberia shall not: a) Engage in political activities, canvass or contest for elected offices; b) Use government facilities, equipment or resources in support of partisan or political activities; c) Serve on a campaign team of any political party, or the campaign of any independent candidate.”And 5.2: “Wherein, any person in the category stated in section 5.1 herein above, desires to canvass or contest for an elective public position, the followings shall apply: a) Any minister, deputy minister, director-general, managing director and superintendent appointed by the President pursuant to article 56 (a) of the Constitution and a managing director appointed by a Board of Directors, who desires to contest for public elective office shall resign said post at least two years prior to the date of such public elections; b) Any other official appointed by the President who holds a tenured position and desires to contest for public elective office shall resign said post three years prior to the date of such public elections; c) However, in the case of impeachment, death, resignation or disability of an elected official, any official listed above, desirous of canvassing or contesting to fill such position must resign said position within 90 days following the declaration by the National Elections Commission of the vacancy.”The aforementioned sections are compulsory commands and every aspect of them was expected to be followed by the framers. In spite of the fact that it took the Legislature more than 28 years to pass into law the Code of Conduct, in and of itself a further abuse of the Constitution, the Legislature was without a choice to make the Code not applicable to Liberians. Any deviation, as was couched in the Code, making Sections 5.1 and 5.2 applicable only to members of the Executive, with the exclusion of the president and vice president and their staff (and definitely by the exclusion of the legislators), rendered the Code, even without referencing the equal protection clause of the Constitution, discriminatory and hence unconstitutional.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Jagdeo meets with Indian Minister, CPA SG

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday met with India’s Minister of State for Human Resources Development, Dr Satya Pal Singh and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Secretary General Akbar Khan, at his Church Street, Queenstown office.Discussions centred on building better relationsand ties between the parties involved and a host of other issues related to Guyana’s national development and long-term ties with India and CPA.last_img


Stanford sweeps up against Oregon

first_imgThe Cardinal (17-8, 9-5 Pac-10) wrapped up its 14th consecutive home sweep against the Oregon schools and gave its tournament hopes a big boost with its fifth win of the season against a ranked opponent. The Cardinal beat Oregon State 70-55 Thursday. At No. 7 Pittsburgh 65, Washington 61 Pitt was outrebounded, didn’t shoot well from behind the 3-point line for the second consecutive game and got little production from its best player, 7-footer Aaron Gray. No matter, Mike Cook scored 15 points and the seventh-ranked Panthers beat Washington in the first game between the schools in more than 56 years. The Panthers’ effort reminded Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar of a much more familiar Pac-10 opponent: No. 5 UCLA. “I think they’re right there with the best teams in the country,” Romar said of Pitt. “They’re very physical … and UCLA and Pitt play very similarly for obvious reasons.” At California 84, Oregon State 80 Freshman forward Patrick Christopher scored 24 points to lead California to an overtime victory. The game almost ended in a 71-68 Cal (14-12, 6-8 Pac 10) victory as the buzzer sounded in regulation. But OSU (10-18, 2-13) was given another 2.3 seconds when the officials decided the clock had started early on the Beavers’ final possession. Cal deflected the Beavers’ first inbounds pass, giving OSU just 1.4 seconds. But Angelo Tsagarakis caught the next inbounds pass and sank a 3-pointer just before the buzzer sounded to tie the game and set up the OT. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Brook Lopez scored a career-high 26 points and keyed a big second-half run that helped Stanford beat No. 15 Oregon for the 21st consecutive time at Maples Pavilion, 88-69 Saturday night. “We knew coming in that we had to bear down and be tough,” Lopez said. “Everybody needs to win out these last few games to get the best possible chance for postseason play. We knew we had to come in and play tough and go right at them.” center_img STANFORD – Stanford came into the weekend with its second-leading scorer sidelined and its NCAA tournament hopes in doubt. Another sweep against the Oregon schools has improved the outlook for the Cardinal quite a bit. last_img read more


Premier League new boys Norwich reward boss Neil with new deal

first_img Alex Neil 1 Alex Neil has been rewarded for leading Norwich into the Premier League with a new and improved contract.The 34-year-old Scot has been a huge success at Carrow Road since being tempted away from Hamilton in January.Sitting seventh in the Championship at the time of his arrival, Neil guided the Canaries to 17 wins from their remaining 25 games and to promotion via the play-offs.Norwich chief executive David McNally said: “For us this summer it was the most important piece of business to ensure Alex had a much-deserved new contract.“He galvanised the football club after arriving in January, and we’re certain that Norwich City will continue to progress under his management.“We’re delighted that the club and Alex will be working together as we continue to prepare for the start of the new Barclays Premier League season.”Neil added: “I’m delighted to sign a new contract with Norwich City.“Both parties were taking a chance when I was appointed but it’s worked out very well for all involved, and I’m happy this has been sorted before the season gets underway“I’ve really enjoyed my five months at the Club, hopefully it is just the beginning as we now look forward to playing in the Barclays Premier League.”last_img read more


PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES

first_imgMulroy LinksThe last outing of the 2010/2011 Mulroy Links prior to the prestigious Captains prize was staged at Portsalon golf club on Saturday last. The event played in excellent weather conditions attracted a smaller than  usual turnout. The overall results were as follows; in the gross section the winner was Derek O’Neill (2) 35 points 2nd Darragh Mc Menamin (4) 33 points, 3rd Enda Kennedy (0)  33 points. In the nett section the winner was Donal Barrett (17) 39 points, 2nd Connor Connolly (5) 37 points 3rd Tony Kingston (12) 36 points. The final outing of the Mulroy Links will be the prestigious Captains day and the date for this event at Rosapenna Golf Club is Saturday 9th April. Results. The winner of the open staged on Wednesday 23rd March was Peter O’Donnell (24) 40 points, Runner up Bernard Nash (18) 36 points, gross Joe Coyle (6) 27 points 3rd Daniel Shields (15) 36 points.  The CSS was 36 points. In the members competition played on Sunday 27th March and this attracted one of the largest entries of the year,  playing in excellent weather conditions the winner was John Logue playing off a 12 handicap with 40 points, Runner up Fergal Mc Donnell (21) 40 points, Gross Barry M Gettigan (2) 34  points  3RD Giles Kilpatrick (13) 39 points. The CSS was 37 points.Gaeltacht LeaguePortsalon Golf Club’s final match in this season’s Gaeltacht League was staged at Portslon on Saturday 20th when the Kingdom club entertained Cruit Island Golf Club. The home team emerged winners by five and half matches to Cruit Island’s four and half matches. This result should now see the Portsalon team contest for the overall Gaeltacht League title which will be staged at Cruit Island Golf Club in April. The Gaeltacht League Captain Willie Mc Cleary would like to thank all the golfers who participated in this season’s competition.Events On Saturday 2nd April there is a gents open competition and on Sunday 3rd April  there is a member’s competition. On Wednesday 6th April there is  an open gents 18 hole stableford competition A time sheet is in operation for all competitions at Portsalon Golf Club, contact 074 91 59459 for your tee time or go online at portsalongolfclub.com Mixed FoursomesThe Portsalon captains for the 2011 mixed foursomes competitions for 2012 is Kevin Mc Gonagle and Marie Gilligan. The captains have arranged a nine hole mixed foursomes competition each Friday with a tee off at 5.15 p.m The first mixed foursomes competition will be staged on Friday 1st April. Voucher SundayThe much awaited voucher Sunday competition will be staged on Sunday 10th April. In order to play in this event the members must have a minimum of one instalment of €160 paid towards their 2011 golfing fees. Winter placingMembers and visitors should note that there is 6 inch placing on all fairways.PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: March 28th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:portsalon golflast_img read more


CRITICALLY ILL CRASH MOTORIST MAY BE TRANSFERRED TO DUBLIN HOSPITAL

first_imgThe scene of today’s crashA YOUNG man fighting for his life after a crash may be transferred to a hospital in Dublin.The 23-year-old, from Cavanacaw outside St Johnston and originally from Lifford, is in a critical condition.His BMW crashed into a wall on the outskirts of Letterkenny between the Polestar and Dry Arch Roundabouts just before 1am this morning. Gardaí are furious at “ill-judged” comments today after their decision to close all four lanes of the main road into and out of Letterkenny.That’s because the accident occurred across all four lanes; and forensic investigators needed to examine the scene.At this stage Gardaí believe the motorist was travelling towards the Dry Arch roundabout when he appears to have lost control, skidded right across four lanes before coming to a halt after crashing into a wall.The incident forced Gardai to close the road which led to major traffic congestion for several hours. The tailbacks saw some people stuck in their cars for more than four hours.But Gardaí say they had a duty to close all four lanes in their efforts to establish a cause for the crash.Later this afternoon, two lanes of traffic re-opened as Gardaí continued their work at the scene.The scene of this morning’s crash. CRITICALLY ILL CRASH MOTORIST MAY BE TRANSFERRED TO DUBLIN HOSPITAL was last modified: March 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crashGardaiinvestigationletterkennytrafficlast_img read more


New Russian front opens

first_imgNALCHIK, Russia – Militants attacked police and government buildings in Russia’s volatile Caucasus region Thursday, taking hostages and turning a provincial capital into a war zone wracked by gunfire and explosions that left at least 85 people dead, mostly insurgents. Chechen rebels claimed responsibility for the offensive in Nalchik, the capital of the mostly Muslim republic of Kabardino-Balkariya, as a new front opened in the Kremlin’s decade-old battle against Islamic insurgents. The rebels’ struggle against Russia, originally a separatist movement, increasingly has melded with Islamic extremism in the past decade and fanned out beyond Chechnya’s borders to encompass the entire Caucasus region. The insurgent strategy of simultaneous attacks on facilities in Nalchik, a city of 235,000, was similar to a rebel siege last year in another Caucasus republic, Ingushetia, in what appears to be an attempt to target areas outside Chechnya and keep Moscow off-balance. The attack at the airport was repelled, the facility was placed under military control and all flights were canceled, news reports said. The militants also attacked the regional headquarters of the Russian prison system, the Emergency Situation Ministry’s press office said. Interfax said a border guards’ office also came under attack. A teacher from School No. 5, who gave only his first name, Spartak, said children had been evacuated from the building, near a police station and an anti-terrorism office at the center of the attacks. Black smoke billowed from the building as panic-stricken parents searched for their children in the school yard. Cars were overturned or gutted by gunfire, and Russian television footage showed the bloodied bodies of what appeared to be attackers in the streets. The heavy fighting quieted down after about six hours, though sporadic gunfire continued and officials said militants were holding several hostages at a police station – and released captives said others were being held at a building housing a souvenir shop. Deputy Interior Minister Andrei Novikov said late Thursday that 61 militants were killed, some from Kabardino-Balkariya and some from other republics in the Russian Caucasus. Russian and regional officials said 12 civilians and 12 police officers were killed. Russian news agencies, citing figures from Russia’s Center for Catastrophic Medicine, reported that 13 people were killed and 116 others were hospitalized, but it was unclear whether those figures referred only to civilians. Estimates of the number of militants involved ranged from 60 to 300, and the Interfax news agency quoted an aide to the president of Kabardino-Balkariya as saying late Thursday that 17 had been detained. The region has suffered a growing wave of violence as Islamic extremism is spreading despite the government’s harsh anti-terrorist methods, from targeted killings of rebel leaders such as Aslan Maskhadov to paying rewards for information to the demolition of houses where suspected rebels have found refuge. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Kabardino-Balkariya is the fifth of seven republics in the mountainous region to be hit by the spillover of violence from the struggle in Chechnya. The insurgents are trying to exploit tensions among a variety of ethnic groups in the impoverished region as well as native Muslims and the ethnic Russians, who are Christian. President Vladimir Putin, beleaguered by attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians and underscored his failure to bring the southern area under control, ordered a total blockade of Nalchik to prevent militants from slipping out. He told security forces to shoot any armed resisters. Thursday’s fighting began about 8:30 a.m. after police launched an operation to capture about 10 militants in a Nalchik suburb. All 10 suspected militants were killed, Russian Deputy Interior Minister Alexander Chekalin said. Interfax cited an unidentified law enforcement official as saying fighting was sparked by an attempt by militants to free a group of detained adherents to the radical Wahhabi sect of Islam. Gunmen staged simultaneous attacks against three police stations, the city’s airport and the regional headquarters of the Interior Ministry and Federal Security Service in what appeared what appeared to be an effort to divert police. last_img read more


Warriors argue ’emotional roller coaster’ vs Clippers will help them vs. Rockets

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!The Warriors’ star limped to the podium. Once Stephen Curry sat down, he let off some steam. The top-seeded Warriors had just beaten the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers in a six-game first-round playoff series through a nearly two-week span. To Curry, though, it lasted seemingly much longer.“These six games felt like it was two months,” Curry said, “in terms …last_img read more


Quantum and Classical Realities: Reconciled at Last?

first_imgSome physicists think they’ve explained how quantum effects vanish at macro scales; others say it doesn’t change quantum mechanical paradoxes.Cat box: An icon of quantum-mechanical weirdness is the thought experiment of Schrödinger’s cat: a cat in a box that is neither dead nor alive, but in a so-called quantum superposition of both, until observed. Several science posts are now claiming that work at UC Santa Barbara solves the paradox by applying Einstein’s time-dilation property of general relativity to the bridge from atomic to macroscopic phenomena. Some pick sides on whether the cat ends up dead or alive.Einstein kills Schrödinger’s cat: Relativity ruins quantum world (New Scientist)Einstein saves the quantum cat (PhysOrg)How gravity kills Schrödinger’s cat (Nature)The abstruse details go beyond our needs here. Suffice it to say that quantum weirdness remains after this latest attempt to reconcile QM with classical physics. There is no theory of quantum gravity, for instance; “it doesn’t change our picture of the world,” one critic said; “it’s nothing new,” another remarked (Nature).Spooky.  For decades, physicists have grappled with interpreting the nature of reality from quantum mechanical experiments. What is the nature of “quantum entanglement,” for instance, that seems to involve spooky action at a distance between two entangled particles separated by a distance? PhysOrg adds to the weirdness by describing new entangled states that appear to be violations of local realism.Get real. “What is really real?” Nature asked last month. “A wave of experiments is probing the root of quantum weirdness.” Zeeya Merali describes some physicists who don’t worry about the big questions when paradoxes arise. “Shut up and calculate” is their attitude. Bohr and Heisenberg felt that the quantum wavefunction is “nothing more than a tool for predicting the results of observations”; they cautioned physicists “not to concern themselves with what reality looks like underneath.” Some can’t help but wonder anyway. Merali discusses physicists on the fringe still dabbling with Everett’s many-worlds hypothesis and the possibility of parallel universes. One of them says, “what would be really exciting is to devise a test for whether there is in fact any objective reality out there at all.” It seems lost on him that the proposition is self-defeating; he has to assume reality to question it.Mass action.  As for “shut up and calculate” pragmatics, Nature reported new measurements of the mass differences of the proton, neutron and electron. These measurements bear on the fine-tuning of the universe, having potential catastrophic consequences for the stability of atoms and stars if they were to vary within narrow limits. The new measurements claim to have accuracy to 8 significant figures.Big TOE.  Theoretical particle physics goes far beyond measurement. One example is Vakhtang Kartvelishvili’s article on The Conversation, “Particle physics discovery raises hope for a theory of everything.” His hope is in the newly-restarted Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. The “standard model” is “far from perfect” because it cannot account for 95% of reality, according to consensus big bang theory (see 6/19/15).  Is there enlightenment in the decay profile of the B-meson? He wonders. “The next run of the LHC, which is about to start, should provide the opportunities to improve the precision of these measurements, and to put even more stringent constraints on theories that include physics beyond the standard model – or maybe bring a discovery which does not fit any of the existing ones?” Meanwhile, at the University of Tokyo, physicists are looking for their Theory of Everything in quantum entanglement and the holographic principle, Science Daily says. Unless the two approaches prove to be compatible, it seems intuitive that a universe cannot have two everythings.Math whiz.  Aside from QM, particle physics and idle speculations about reality, one uncanny quirk about the universe is how well it can be described by mathematics. In “How mathematics reveals the nature of the cosmos,” Joshua Carroll on PhysOrg takes a historical tour through advances in mathematics, speculating that “Mathematics almost certainly came about from very early human tribes … that may have used math as a way of keeping track of lunar or solar cycles, and keeping count of animals, food and/or people by leaders.” But is mathematics an invention, or a discovery? He assumes the latter, but never explains why the universe should conform to abstract logical relationships that are quantifiable, elegant, and simple. Is it not surprising to manipulate equations and come up with discoveries that turn out to match observations?These stories are provided for those who like idle speculation. All you need to know is that self-refuting beliefs are necessarily false. It’s also good to know that secular scientists recognize the fact that our universe is finely tuned for life to exist. Consequently, scientists need to get real and explain how that could have come out of a mindless, meaningless beginning. (Visited 92 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more